Screen actor, musician, and former Movement lawyer, Brady Coleman is joined by his band, The Melancholy Ramblers, who perform live, and by Coleman's former law partner, Jim Simons.
Brady Coleman was a radical lawyer from the late ‘60s through the '80s, working with a movement law commune in Austin, Texas. He and his original partners -- Jim Simons and Cam Cunningham -- were heavily involved in major anti-war and civil rights litigation, defending campus radicals, black, Chicano, and American Indian activists, and anti-war GIs -- in Texas and around the country. Jim Simons joins Coleman to discuss their late law partner, Cam Cunningham, who died earlier this month. Simons wrote about Cunningham in a July 15 tribute in The Rag Blog.
Brady Coleman eventually gave up his law practice to work full-time in theater, film, and music. He has appeared in more than 50 films, from "What’s Eating Gilbert Grape," to Richard Linklater’s highly-acclaimed 2011 movie, "Bernie," in which Brady played attorney Scrappy Holmes -- and in television series including "Walker, Texas Ranger" and "Friday Night Lights." The Melancholy Ramblers -- featuring Coleman, Frances Barton, and Marco Perella -- are a popular Austin band that play an eclectic mix of country, folk, gospel, honky-tonk -- and the occasional Irish revolutionary anthem.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (theragblog.blogspot.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Running time: 56:10.
August 8, 2012 Subject:
The fascinating stories are interspersed with spirited Texas music that lifts the heart and fires the spirit. If you are a wayward daughter or son of the lone star state, this is an essential audio history.
I especially appreciated the way the speakers refute the current myth of people spitting at returning vets. I had a room mate who was a vet and help lead a very loving but militant opposition to the war machine.
As one of the students who was bailed out out by lawyers from Brady's firm, I do hold them in high esteem.